Peasants on the move. African migration and peasant population under global conditions

junio 14, 2012 – junio 16, 2012

COORDINADORES: Stephan Duennwald | Ana Larcher Carvalho


In Africa, agricultural production still is most important, be it regarding food security, social values and organisation, or development interventions. On the other hand, this does not necessarily mean a high degree of sedentariness. Good revenues help families to send youngsters abroad, bad harvests let them look for greener pastures.

Transnational spaces evolve, sometimes reinforcing, sometimes contesting values and social cohesion. Longstanding histories of outmigration may stretch family bonds or even cut them. Processes of return migration can trigger conflict and change in social life and modes of production.

The international, especially European interest to link (agricultural) development to (a restricted) migration is thus an idea with many unknown variables. This seems to be true for both ends of the equation: development to hamper migration and migration to improve development.

We are inviting papers that explore the links between migrations (internal as well as international), agriculture (which may include forced removal of populations due to renting or selling land to foreign companies or states) and development.

Idiomas: Inglés, Portugués y Español

Formato: Discussant

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